Crafty in the Med

I'm here to enjoy meeting other crafters and to share my ideas and projects. I love to crochet,cross stitch and embroidery but I'm keen to try new crafts too. I love music and I love to sing! Singing makes me happy. I collect jugs....its their shape I think! I am addicted to yarn and buttons. I get lost in book shops and can spend all morning there and I absolutely adore rummaging in flea markets. I love to read sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I would be the first passenger on the first time machine ! I BELIEVE IN MAGIC!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

It is a good day


Happy Mother's day !!!!


to all the Mothers out there who celebrate Mother's Day today as they do in this part of the world!
































“In a child's eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.” 
N.K. Jemisin


Beautiful !!!!
.....and the wonderful thing about a mother's love is that it is the same worldwide. There are no barriers whatsoever; it makes no difference your position in life,age ,race or beliefs as WE ARE united in this sentiment  !!!!!

As one mother to another,another and another ....my love goes out to you all and ...... we will endure through thick and thin .


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Plans for today!!!!

I am out of here to enjoy the beautiful blue sky and Spring sunshine!!!  :-)








Amanda :-)  xxx 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Traditions...old...old traditions!

Putting my hometown on the map!
I've heard people say Minehead in West Somerset is in the back of beyond,nothing there,rural,small and it's behind the times ect...ect...    Which I certainly disagree with but ... THEY can say what they like!!!
However there is no getting away from the fact that Minehead is beautiful!




The Gateway to Exmoor park!!




 






 




 

 I'd jump at the chance to buy a little cottage there!


Right so what has bought about these poignant thoughts of home ...there is a reason!




 I shall be giving another Public talk at the Business College at the end of this month and this time I have chosen to  focus on   "Familiarity with English Culture and Traditions is imperative in English Language Learning" as the topic of the talk and being a Somerset gal from Minehead I am going to talk about a very old May tradition which takes place in my hometown.
The Hobby Horse... or as we say in the West Country dialect "obby oss" .


"HAIL TO THE ANCIENT KING OF MAY"



I believe there are just two places left in the British Isles where this tradition still continues, Minehead and Padstow in Cornwall. I have been doing my homework these last few months and the deeper I delved into this tradition the more interesting I found it. 

Do you know Minehead has been welcoming the King of May (The Hobby Horse) since the 9th century! The origin of the Hobby Horse is somewhat blurry but it seems it goes back to some jolly celebrations after a victory,that of scaring away some rather nasty Vikings who had their eyes on plunder! 

There is more of course but I'll leave you this link so you can read all about it


The Hobby Horse



Amanda :-)








Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Reluctant model

A very very reluctant model! 


Goodness me what a fuss!! It was only for a minute or two so I could have some pics for my blog!!!
The modelling also came with strict conditions..... no showing model's face. The drape of the shawlette wasn't exactly as I wanted it either but I was under duress as model was getting irritable!!!  Tch!!!
















A Perle cotton shawlette for cool summer evenings although the colour is much nicer than in these photos.

 I made this shawlette as a little something for my Cookie's American Grandma who lives in Florida and I know it must be hot there so I thought a light mercerized cotton shawlette would be practical for the occasional cool evening.

I bought this pattern from Etsy. It is called the "Rosa-rosae shawl designed by Angéle Lumière .
Although, to some it may look intricate it isn't you just have to be careful (counting continuously) that the flowers coincide with each other and you don't miss a row.  I used a size 4.00 hook and Katia Brisa Nº 53 Light maroon x 4.







The girls(daughter and grand-daughter ) will be off to visit Cookie's American family on Friday so I have managed to get the shawlette finished just on time. It took me three weeks to complete which I didn't think was too long at all considering I crochet at intervals when work allows.





During blocking.






































Happy Easter to you all!!!



Amanda :-)

PS: I'm scrolling down...down my blog roll to catch up ...Easter school holidays gives me that bit of extra time.......:-)   Housework can take a run and jump!!!!

















Sunday, 28 February 2016

Me Me shawl

I certainly finished this on time and that's a fact!!!!  

I wore it yesterday to work at 7:30pm as it was freezing cold out and it wasn't much better either when I finished class at 2:00pm but at least it kept me snugly warm.


Blocking into shape on Thursday







These are the mountains I can see in the distance from my window and it snowed yesterday morning which doesn't mean it snowed here in the city but the icy cold today is telling you it certainly snowed nearby.


Taken from Costa Blanca News


Being Sunday morning lots and lots of Alicantinos will be traipsing off up to the Carresqueta mountain to see the snow. Personally I'll pass on that I shall be off out for our Sunday morning walk somewhere nearby where there is no snow.  As you can see it is a beautiful morning this morning...taken 32 mins ago ... courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/AlicanteCity/?fref=ts


Taken from Santa Barbara Castle. Looking down over the Postiguet Beach and the Port

Back to what I call my Me Me shawl. I have never made myself a shawl!!!   I have started to make one for myself umpteen times but somehow they got given away usually to a member of the family.    I am sure you know what I mean :-)


 

It is big  and cosy!

I think what I really like most about this shawl other than it was very straight forward to make is the edging.  I particularly like it! It stands out!  What do you think? :-)






 This Me Me shawl is really called a Penelope Shawl and was designed by Carolyn Christmas and I downloaded the free pattern from here . I have used Katia Planet yarn which is Aran 10 ply and a 4.00 crochet hook.   It took me about a month to complete. I am sure other crocheters will be able to make it in less time. I can only crochet in my spare time and there never seems much of that.




Enjoy your Sunday!



Amanda  :-)

PS: I did have 229 followers but I see 10 have flittered away. It is a bit baffling but I am inclined to think this is Blogger tidying things up as I have read on several posts that other bloggers have lost followers suddenly in the same way too!






Thursday, 11 February 2016

Oh! that wind!


I presume we have seen...and felt the tail end of  Storm Imogen here in Spain because the wind these last few days has been horrendous.

 


 Alicante Carnival had to put up with some destruction such as fallen floats and cancellation of some of the events due to these high winds!
 Anyhow Carnival has been and gone now and I saw little of it due to work. The finale was yesterday with the typical "Burial of the Sardine"  ...yes Sardine as in fish!!         Funny tradition!
It is quite hilarious really what with all the mourners and widows in black (usually Men) wailing as if it were a real funeral. There were a few devils hopping around too and lots of people singing and dancing.

 There is a reason of course for this event,it is a satirical ceremony that simulates a burial (cremation) procession of a sardine. It symbolizes the burying of the past (the end of the carnival) and the beginning of the fasting period.


 I am looking forward to Easter and a few days off . It will be a quiet Easter as Daughter Nº1 and Cookie baby will be off to the States for 10 days to visit my grand-daughter's American grandparents and the rest of her family there.







She is so excited!
I think it must be all of 5 years that she hasn't seen them.







keep well


Amanda :-)








Friday, 22 January 2016

Cuddle up!!!



Many Many thanks for your get well good wishes from all you lovely bloggers. I think I have it under control now although my tummy is very sensitive still.  One really nasty virus!!!!!

 



I have just seen on BBC World News









the horrendous blizzard that is coming your way all you bloggy friends over there in the USA (east coast)  so I just wanted to send a shout out to you all from across the pond to take care and....


"STAY SAFE AND WARM"

 

Lets hope it isn't as bad as they forecast!!! 



Amanda :-)

Thursday, 14 January 2016

hugging the loo!!!


As I mentioned over Christmas I am going to do my best to keep up with blogging  even if it means writing very sketchy posts  and even while I've been feeling poorly    )-: 

I am so brave !!!!!  ....not!!!!!


Yes I've been pretty well hugging the loo lots over the last 48 hours and not because I have been on the bottle but due to a nasty virus which I have picked up somehow!  It has left me totally drained but that doesn't matter because I think the worst is over. It was getting to the point that my loo seemed miles away every time I tried to get there on time just like those grotty outdoors loos used way back when I was a child.






 I shudder when I remember it!!!
We had to go out in the freezing cold with a torch and crunched ourselves up shivering while we did our business, warily flashing the torch around as if we could ward off the weird shadows with its beam and the closed door being our only protection;shadows that seemed like ghostly beings coming to grab us off the loo!
Each noise and each rustle of branches or bushes coming from the garden that we could hear was a monster which would grab our ankles from under the door.
As for getting back in the house that was when feet sprouted wings ,no matter if a slipper got left behind or knickers were flapping around ones ankles the objective was to get in the house quick before the toilet grabbers could get you!!!!!!

Ahhhh! some would say those were the days!!!!



 It was total paradise when the annex was finally built and we had an indoor bathroom and toilet ........pure luxury :-)



Amanda :-)







Friday, 8 January 2016

It is over!!!







 and yes it is over and I already have post holidays blue!!!!!


I really haven't got the time to post much because I have to go and iron my posh clothes for class tomorrow ...yes I work on Saturdays .....Adult Education at Fundesem Business School  and they have a conservative dress code so I have to look tidy ... you know what I mean!!!

Fundesem Business School

How about that my first embedded video ....hope it works!      This is where I teach :-)



Don't think I have ever mentioned this but.....

I hate ironing!!!!



ok my lovelies (arr..... a bit of the old Somerset ) 

I be away to listen to a bit of music while I iron (Shudder!)


Amanda :-)



 










Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Giveaway winner on the Kings Day

 and.....   the Winner is ....







as no one is awake in this household yet after the excesses during last night's dinner and the giving out of the presents delivered by the three kings I have used the Random Number Generator to select a winner for my Fat and Thin Giveaway.

and the winner is Nº 10 that is Debbie at Fairy Bluebell's Craft Adventure  blog!!!!!!   Congratulations!!


Debbie please contact me via email and send me your full name and address.    I am going to wait for about a week before sending the parcel to you because as Christmas finishes later here the Spanish Post Office could still be pretty congested with late Christmas mail. 

Thank you to all of you who participated in my giveaway :-)


Amanda :-)


Tuesday, 5 January 2016

The Kings are on their way!!!



The streets are packed with little people...lots and lots of little people and everyone is laughing because the kings are on their way!!!

Fantastic processions in the city tonight!!!


 


 Breathe in and let King Balthasar go by !!!



 and who is this ???    ah! yes its King Melchor  :-)


Just one more to come ......King Gaspar who is a bit late tch!!!!!



and tomorrow fiesta day  The Kings Day !!!



Amanda :-)
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